Rockets analyst Calvin Murphy unintentionally informed everybody how he actually felt after Houston’s 114-107 loss to Indiana on Wednesday evening.
The Corridor of Famer supplied some harsh criticism of Rockets star James Harden, who had 15 factors (5-of-14 capturing), 12 assists and 4 rebounds towards the Pacers. In the course of the AT&T SportsNet Southwest postgame present, Murphy initially placed on child gloves, noting that Harden did make up for a poor scoring evening together with his playmaking.
“James did not fairly have his recreation collectively, however however, he did the appropriate issues getting all people else concerned,” Murphy mentioned.
Nonetheless, because the bumper music started to play, Murphy may be heard saying, “He give up.”
Uh … oops. At all times assume the mic is sizzling, Calvin.
Harden is averaging 29.4 factors by 5 video games this season, so he completed effectively beneath his traditional requirements in that division. He was additionally quiet within the fourth quarter of a good contest, scoring 4 factors on three subject purpose makes an attempt.
Stephen Silas: “We bought stagnant within the 4th Quarter. And a part of that was me attempting to isolate or attempting to get conditions the place we may management tempo and management who has the ball. We solely got here up with 20 factors within the 4th Quarter.”
— Alykhan Bijani (@Rockets_Insider) January 7, 2021
It needs to be famous, although, that Harden sat out Saturday’s recreation towards the Kings with a sprained ankle and hasn’t been as productive since that harm. He had 21 factors on 5-of-17 capturing in a loss to the Mavericks on Monday however hit double-digit assists just like his efficiency versus the Pacers.
Oh, and there is the massive, bearded elephant within the room: Harden’s trade request. The 31-year-old would like to play for a contender, however Houston is hesitant to maneuver him until it receives a large bundle in return that features a younger franchise cornerstone and a number of draft picks. It does not seem the scenario will change anytime quickly.
That factor might have contributed to Murphy’s harsh evaluation. Maybe he can clarify himself earlier than the following industrial break.